Tuesday, December 15, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Government to launch special programmes for dalit women – Smt.Krishna Tirath


Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Ministry of Women and Child Development

Government to launch special programmes for dalit women – Smt.Krishna Tirath

14:46 IST
The Ministry of Women & Child Development will launch special
programmes for the empowerment and welfare of dalit women across the
country, Self-help groups of such women will also be provided more
funding and training for capacity building through Rashtriya Mahila
Kosh. More short-stay homes and help line services will also be
arranged by Centre Social Welfare Board. This was stated by
Smt.Krishna Tirath, Minister of Women & Child Development inaugurating
Dalit Women's Congress "Abhaya Jeevan" for Peace, Equity and Progress,
here today.

Highlighting the problems of Dalit Women in the country, Smt. Krishan
Tirath said Welfare of such women needs special attention as they have
been discriminated against other sections of the society for a long.
She said Government has very high priority for education, health and
self-employment of such women. Though many programmes have been
drafted by various ministries for this purpose. There is need to
create mass awareness so that these women could come forward to take
the advantage of suchschemes and programmes. She said special cell for
Dalit women to investigate injustice is being set up at National
Commission for Women. The Ministry also conducting study on status of
Dalit women so that programmes and policies can be tuned according to
the needs of these women. National Commission for Protection of Child
Rights has also been asked to develop a road map for welfare of
children of Dalit women. The Central Adopting Resource Agency has been
requested to study challenges in the adoption of these children. Mrs.
Tirath expressed the hope that with the active participation of civil
society, status of Dalit women will see massive change very soon.

Addressing the Conference Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment,
Shri Mukul Wasnik stressed on education and better health facilities
for Dalit women. He said NGOs should work among the Dalit women to
promote education and awareness against social evils like female
foeticide and dowry. The Minister announced that by March 2010, all
scavengers will be rehabilitated. Mr. Wasnik said that his ministry
has successfully started capacity building programme for scavengers
for self-employment.

The one-day Dalit Women's Congress organized by the Ministry of Women
& Child Development is being attended by large number of groups of
Dalit women, NGOs and civil societies. The Congress will have breakout
sessions on different issues related with Dalit women including
economic upliftment of Dalit women, crèche, short-stay homes and help
line services for Dalit women. It will also have discussion on
research, innovation and opportunities for Dalit women.



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